Funding is now available for regional events across the State as part of the 2014-15 Regional Events Scheme.
Acting Tourism Minister John Day said Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme (RES), which was jointly funded by Royalties for Regions, provided a funding pool of $750,000 for smaller, developing regional events in Western Australia.
“Event holders of sporting, cultural, arts and culinary events held between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 are encouraged to apply for funding of between $5,000 and $50,000,” Mr Day said.
“The State Government recognises the importance of regional events and the role they play in helping to attract visitors, add vibrancy to communities and raise the profile of the region through media exposure.
“The scheme also helps to position Western Australia as an exciting destination, with something always on for locals and visitors.”
Mr Day said there had been many fantastic outcomes from RES events around the State.
“For example, the Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim 2013 received a record of more than 1,500 entries this year, the Mowanjum Festival in the Kimberley featured an impressive 147 indigenous performers, and the Leonora Golden Gift attracted 2012 London Olympian Zoe Buckman, who represented Australia in athletics,” he said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said thanks to funding from the Royalties for Regions program, more than 160 events had been supported through the scheme since 2011.
“This State Government commitment to regional events is bringing benefits to communities throughout the State and facilitating regional development outcomes,” Mr Grylls said.
“Regional events make a valuable contribution to our State, they bolster local economies, engage residents and enable communities to promote their region, and highlight why they are such a special places to live and visit.”
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